TransUnion recently added Russell on their team. She has been hired as the Executive Vice President and Head Legal officer. Russel is set to take over John Blenke who will retire later in the year. Her duties and responsibilities will encompass handling consumer privacy, relations with the government and all legal transactions for TransUnion. Russell will be under the supervision of Jim Peck, TransUnion’s CEO and leader. She has also been appointed to serve on the company’s management committee.
Heather Russell is an expert in legal issues and has a vast experience of working over 20 years in the international financial services industry. She acquired her law degree from the Washington College of Law at the American University. She also attended the College of William and Mary where she attained her BA in English and Biology. Before joining TransUnion, she was a partner at Buckley Sandler LLP. She was responsible for overseeing Buckley’s FinTech practices, regulatory compliance, financial institutions regulation among other things. Russell has also worked as the Chief Legal Officer at Fifth Third Bank and was a lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher& Flom LLP for more than seven years.
According to Bloomberg, Heather Russel received the Women in Business Law In-House Award in 2015 from the International Financial Law Review. Jim Peck expressed his sentiments about Russell joining his team and said that he was confident she was the best-suited person for expanding TransUnion’s strategy. Russell on her part revealed that she was excited to work with Jim’s team and provide her expertise to the company.
TransUnion is a global company which provides innovative information solutions to businesses and individuals to help them make informed choices. The company is headquartered in Chicago and has over 1400 employees. Its mission is to assist individuals to build better economies and communities.